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Monty star Hugo Speer fired from Disney+ reboot series over allegations of ‘inappropriate behavior’ | Ents & Arts News

Hugo Speer has been fired from the upcoming series The Full Monty following allegations of “inappropriate behaviour”.

The actor was set to reprise his role as Guy from the original hit film, but was removed from the Disney+ show following an internal investigation.

The an eight-part series was made 25 years after the release of the film, which follows a group of unemployed men in Sheffield who organize a strip club.

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Hugo Speer (second from right) starred in the 1997 film The Full Monty. Photo: 20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock

A spokesperson for Disney+ said: “We were recently made aware of allegations of inappropriate behavior by Hugo Speer on the set of a commissioned production.

“As is the policy, an investigation has been launched. Following its completion, a decision was made to terminate his contract with immediate effect.’

A spokesman for Speer told The Times that the actor denies the allegations and intends to contest them.

The Full Monty is set to return as a limited TV series
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Speer (centre) was due to star in the new series of The Full Monty. Photo: Disney+

In the new series, Speer was set to star alongside former cast mates Robert Carlyle as Gaz, Mark Addy as Dave, Leslie Sharp as Gene and Paul Barber as Con.

The show will follow the original group of friends over eight episodes as they navigate post-industrial Sheffield and the struggles faced by crumbling health, education and employment systems.

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The original British comedy was released in 1997 to critical acclaim.

For a time it was the highest grossing film in the UK until it was later outsold by Titanic and was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture.

Monty star Hugo Speer fired from Disney+ reboot series over allegations of ‘inappropriate behavior’ | Ents & Arts News

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